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A woman and a child walks past the wreckage of vehicles and furniture burnt during violent protests in Bengaluru (AP)
A woman and a child walks past the wreckage of vehicles and furniture burnt during violent protests in Bengaluru (AP)

Karnataka govt indicates Bengaluru violence was pre-planned

The indication of an organised attack against the police and others comes a day after violence erupted in three localities of Pulekeshinagar assembly constituency in which at least three people died

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Wednesday said that the violence in Bengaluru appears to be part of a larger conspiracy to disrupt peace in the state.

The indication of an organised attack against the police and others comes a day after violence erupted in three localities of Pulekeshinagar assembly constituency in which at least three people died.

"This is a kind of organized way to create unrest," R.Ashok, Karnataka's revenue minister told reporters in Bengaluru.

The incident was triggered after the relative of Congress legislator from Pulekeshinagar in Bengaluru, Akhanda Srinivas Murthy posted a derogatory cartoon against Prophet Mohammed. Though the perpetrator was arrested, mobs that gathered outside in D.J.Halli,K.G.Halli and Kaval Byrsandra localities attacked and tried to burn down the police station.

The mob attacked Murthy's home in the same locality. The riots which lasted a few hours ended with three people losing their lives, has left behind a trail of destruction as the mob went on a rampage, torching vehicles and pelting stones at the police and residences.

Ashok said that there was an indication that the rioters had kept knives,stones and other crude weapons ready to attack the police.

Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yediyurappa has ordered an inquiry into the incident which grabbed national attention. The riots come at a time when Bengaluru has seen a sharp surge in covid- 19 cases and the incident on Tuesday night sparked fears of fresh infections due to the gathering of large crowds.

At least 110 persons have been arrested and several policemen and media personnel among others were injured.

The incident has also sparked off a war between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and the Congress.

B.L.Santosh,the national general secretary (organisation questioned the silence of the Congress to condemn the perpetrators.

"I condemn both violent incident that erupted in Kaval Byrsandra & also the social media post that instigated the mob.I humbly request both Hindus & Muslims of the area to stay calm, maintain peace & live in harmony," Siddaramaiah, former chief minister and Congress' leader of the opposition posted on Twitter.

Some BJP legislators and members of parliament alleged that the mob targeted Hindu households and businesses.

"No religion or community is above the law. Anyone who doesn't respect the law of the land should be punished. The government must take tough action against vandals. Must ensure that such incidents don't recur in future," former Chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy posted on Twitter.

He also hinted at the possibility of an organized attack. "Such incidents indicate that this is a pre-planned attack. An explosion of people's frustration due to nepotism by local representatives and their hunger for power. It is not untrue that family feud provided a platform to this incident," he posted on Twitter .

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